Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

Terrific food in a casual bistro setting with a fun-family feeling. Don't bee off-put by the strip-mall setting, outside the chic boulevard of Franklin Street and downtown Chapel Hill. This small French country restaurant is simple but delightful. We went at 8:30 on a rainy weeknight, since we heard there were no reservations and no real place to wait. The setting is admittedly unprepossessing, next to a laundromat, behind another restaurant which looks like a converted gas station. But once you're inside, where we were warmly welcomed and seated immediately, all was well. The bread was heaven, the roast tomato soup was divine. Oysters were nicely chosen and deliciously briny fresh. I had the hangar steak, perfectly cooked and with yummy pommes frites. I try try try to avoid French fries, but these were super-scrummy, so I ate all of them. Wines were nicely chosen and reasonably priced. A lovely meal for a rainy night.
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Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

Terrific food in a casual bistro setting with a fun-family feeling.  Don't bee off-put by the strip-mall setting, outside the chic boulevard of Franklin Street and downtown Chapel Hill.  This small French country restaurant is simple but delightful.  We went at 8:30 on a rainy weeknight, since we heard there were no reservations and no real place to wait.  The setting is admittedly unprepossessing, next to a laundromat, behind another restaurant which looks like a converted gas station.   But once you're inside, where we were warmly welcomed and seated immediately, all was well. The bread was heaven, the roast tomato soup was divine.  Oysters were nicely chosen and deliciously briny fresh.   I had the hangar steak, perfectly cooked and with yummy pommes frites.  I try try try to avoid French fries, but these were super-scrummy, so I ate all of them.  Wines were nicely chosen and reasonably priced.  A lovely meal for a rainy night.
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Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

Our daughter went to school at UNC and during our visits to North Carolina we fell in love with Chapel Hill and decided to make it our home. Once we got here we decided we wanted to open the kind of restaurant we like to eat at ourselves. We’ve worked in restaurants all our lives and we’ve owned several – Kitchen is the product of the lessons we’ve learned over the years. We serve local, delicious, traditional French bistro fare in a cozy and comfortable environment. We have a small but impressive selection of wines and beers and our many loyal customers appreciate the feeling of community and home as well as the great food and service. We’d love to show you how we like to eat and drink. Stop in and check us out for yourself.
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Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

I would normally give this restaurant 4 stars, but given the price range, I really feel it's a 3. It is not the food at Kitchen isn't good, it is, but it doesn't really hold a candle to other great French restaurants in the area. I have been here several times, yet right now, I can't remember a single standout dish. The same is not true of Vin Rouge in Durham, and given the similar price range, I'd nearly always choose that restaurant over this one. The other thing that makes me reluctant to come to this place, even though I do like the food, is that it's pretty tight (making it not good for large groups, and often a problem with a group of 4 or 5 because they don't take reservations for groups below 6) and parking can be a nightmare during the popular dinner hours. The restaurant is on a plaza, so it is surrounded by parking, but a good third of the parking is reserved for the Chinese restaurant and I have on more than one occasion spent 10-15 minutes circling, looking for parking. That said, if a friend wants to go here for some special occassion, I would never say no. The food is solid and tasty and although it's on the expensive side, the quality is stable enough that you know it will be nice evening.
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Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

I would normally give this restaurant 4 stars, but given the price range, I really feel it's a 3. It is not the food at Kitchen isn't good, it is, but it doesn't really hold a candle to other great French restaurants in the area. I have been here several times, yet right now, I can't remember a single standout dish. The same is not true of Vin Rouge in Durham, and given the similar price range, I'd nearly always choose that restaurant over this one. The other thing that makes me reluctant to come to this place, even though I do like the food, is that it's pretty tight (making it not good  for large groups, and often a problem with a group of 4 or 5 because they don't take reservations for groups below 6) and parking can be a nightmare during the popular dinner hours. The restaurant is on a plaza, so it is surrounded by parking, but a good third of the parking is reserved for the Chinese restaurant and I have on more than one occasion spent 10-15 minutes circling, looking for parking. That said, if a friend wants to go here for some special occassion, I would never say no. The food is solid and tasty and although it's on the expensive side, the quality is stable enough that you know it will be nice evening.
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Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

I've eaten here 30 times. Best and in Chapel Hill. Great service and very committed owners. Family run: up front and the head chef, but service feels like the extended family. Not touristy, instead a true “local”. For the price it's a great option and while it's always full we seem to get a table in 20 minutes most of the time. Kids love it and they fit in.
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Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

Needs to take reservations, or not allow people to eat at the bar. Had to go next door for a drink for 45 min while waiting, seems silly to me. Otherwise best food in Chapel Hill, perhaps even slightly better than Lantern (and definitely better value).
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Kitchen Restaurant Chapel Hill

I've eaten here 30 times. Best  and  in Chapel Hill. Great service and very committed owners. Family run:  up front and the head chef, but service feels like the extended family. Not touristy, instead a true “local”. For the price it's a great option and while it's always full we seem to get a table in 20 minutes most of the time. Kids love it and they fit in.
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larryfromcary Cary, North Carolina Level Contributor 6 reviews 6 restaurant reviews “Typical large restaurant ” Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile It's clean and the food is pretty ok. We sat at the bar for lunch and it was definitely edible but predictable. Easy parking and service was good. Helpful? Thank larryfromcary Report Cassie P, General Manager at City Kitchen, responded to this review Hi Larry, Thank you for your recent trip to City Kitchen. While our lunch menu does offer classic American fare, I would suggest rejoining us for dinner where our menu is a bit more globally inspired and dynamic. We hope to have you back again soon and thank you for your review. More
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vipMothersDayDinner (Raleigh)·Dined on February 15, 2017Greeting was nice! Our service and his service was mediocre. The fried rib appetizer was cold at the bone, we were served a bread basket of hard, almost still frozen absolute bread. The restaurant ran out the mussels appetizer and the blue claw crab stuffed flounder and therefore we could only order one of that entree. The fish was dry, very little crab meat and the taste of the herb used to Season the fish was over powering. The mashed potatoes were not thick in consistency at all. The best food item served was the sweet iced tea. This visit to your restaurant was an entire upset to us; as we were first time guests celebrating our 19th anniversary and expected to eat well and have a great evening. There should always be enough food especially when serving a specific holiday menu! Serving cold food is unacceptable . We left very dissatisfied.Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·Reportfood1ambience3service2value1
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vipMothersDayDinner (Raleigh)·Dined on February 15, 2017Greeting was nice! Our service and his service was mediocre. The fried rib appetizer was cold at the bone, we were served a bread basket of hard, almost still frozen absolute bread. The restaurant ran out the mussels appetizer and the blue claw crab stuffed flounder and therefore we could only order one of that entree. The fish was dry, very little crab meat and the taste of the herb used to Season the fish was over powering. The mashed potatoes were not thick in consistency at all. The best food item served was the sweet iced tea. This visit to your restaurant was an entire upset to us; as we were first time guests celebrating our 19th anniversary and expected to eat well and have a great evening. There should always be enough food especially when serving a specific holiday menu! Serving cold food is unacceptable . We left very dissatisfied.Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·Report